Major Scales

You can form a major scale using a simple formula. Playing a combination of whole and half steps you can produce a major scale. Here is the formula below. Starting note: whole : whole : half : whole : whole : whole : half *half step is the closest key to any key. C to B is a half step down. C to C# is a half step up. *whole step is two half steps. C to D is a whole step up. D is also two half steps up from C. C major scale Let's say we want to form the C major scale, we can plug in this formula Starting with C> D (D is a whole step from C) E (E is a whole step from D) F (F is an half step from E) G (G is a whole step from F) A (A is a whole step from G) B (B is a whole step from A) C (C is an half step from B) Always ask yourself what is a whole step from the note you want to form a piano scale. Asking questions based on the formula (whole whole half whole whole whole half).

Major Chords Diagram C major chord Db major chord D major chord Eb major chord E major chord F major chord Gb major chord G major chord Ab major chord A major chord Bb major chord B major chord .

. This is the point where the cross and meet on the Grand Staff.Keyboard Diagram The Keys and The Notes Notice that the "C" in the treble clef and the "C" in the bass clef are the same note.

3b. You will no longer have trouble with playing songs in every key. 5. 3. 3b. 5. . 5.Tips For Using The 12 Key System The most important element in using the 12 Key System is to fluently know all 12 major scales. b7 1. 4. 5 1. Chord Compendium Chord Name Major Major Seven Minor Minor Seven Dominant Seven Suspended Fourth Suspended Seventh Augmented Common Chord Symbol Maj Maj 7 Min M in7 7 Sus 4 Sus 7 Aug Scale Numbers 1. b7 1. 5 1. 4. the easier it will become recognizing what type of chords you are playing. Once you know your major scales you should move on to learn all 12 major chords. 3. #5 How to figure out the name of a chord The more you understand chord structure and the theory of chords. 5. Once you do the steps above you are ready to use the 12 key system. b7 1. 5 1. 7 1. 3. The next step is to learn to convert the major chords into all the basic chords needed. 3.

If the 3 is natural the chord is Major. If there is no 3 but there is a 4 then it is some sort of Suspended chord . Identify what the root of the chord is 2. 3.Here are a few basic tips to help you recognize what type of chord you are playing. 5. 1. and 7th of the chord to help you to figure what kind of chord it is. Observe the 3rd. Major Seven. 4. 5th. Use the root of the chord to determine what major scale to use in identifying the notes and numbers of the chord. or some sort of Dominant Seven chord. If the 3 is flat then it is some sort of Minor Chord 7. If the 7 is natural it is Major Seven or Minor Major Seven (rare) 6.

M7 Play Root Common Symbols Maj. M Min. For example the Ab major chord is Ab C and Eb. Ab is the 1st C is the 3rd or (middle note) Eb is the 5th Therefore Ab is the root. Ma. Major Seven Maj7. I will refer to the #1 of the chord as the root of the chord. m. • In order for this to work you must play your major chords correctly and in root position. First play the major chord and then adjust the notes according the chart to convert the major chord to the particular chord that you are trying to play. Left Hand Play Root Play Root Right Hand No change middle note moves one half step to the left The root in The right hand Moves one half Step to the left Minor Seven Min7. Meaning the 1st the 3rd and then the 5th in that order from left to right. Chord Name Major Minor . Mi. Ma7. m7.Chord Symbol Shortcuts These are shortcuts that will enable you to easily and quickly play most basic chords if you already know your major chords in root position. Mi7. . -7 Play Root The root in the Right hand moves One whole step to Your left and the Middle note moves One half step to Your left The root in the right Hand moves one Whole step to the Left Dominant 7 7 Play Root .

Suspended Seventh Sus7 Play Root The root in the right Hand moves one Whole step to the Left and the middle Moves one half step To the right The 5th (the note furthest to the Right ) moves one Half step to the right Augmented .net 1-901-522-6687 info@hmpi. .hmpi. + Play Root www.

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